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Lecturer in Career Guidance and Development. I hold the Qualification in Career Guidance and Development and I am a member of the Career Development Institute and AGCAS and I sit on the Career Development Institute Professional Standards Committee as the elected Career Education constituency representative.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have worked in higher education careers, widening participation, research and teaching roles since 2004. 

Area of academic expertise - outline

My research focuses on addressing the barriers to career success created by inequality, disadvantage and discrimination and promoting and supporting inclusive practice.

Current research activities

I am working towards a PhD (part-time, expected 2020) researching gendered career decision-making (focusing on occupational segregation in the Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Programme), based at Heriot-Watt University, co-funded by the ESRC and Skills Development Scotland, and my employer, the University of the West of Scotland. I am supervised by Prof. Mike Danson (Professor of Enterprise at Heriot-Watt University) and Dr Jim Campbell (Glasgow Caledonian University).
Outside of my PhD I am currently engaged in research on the following topics:
  • Career guidance and dementia
  • Career guidance and domestic abuse
  • Diversifying the career guidance profession

Desired research direction

I supervise career guidance practitioners who undertake the careers MSc by dissertation. This qualification is for practitioner-researchers and academics looking to build on their existing diploma level qualification via a top-up route. I would be particularly keen to hear from potential students looking to undertake research into:

  • Career development theory and gendered career development theory
  • Equality of opportunity in career choice
  • Career guidance and social inclusion 
  • Inclusive practice in career guidance 

Target collaborative companies

The MSc Career Guidance and Development programme has established partnerships with Skills Development Scotland and the Career Development Institute.

I have established a close working relationship with organisations focusing on inequality in the labour market, including Close the Gap who work in Scotland on women's participation in the labour market and Enable, who support people who have a learning disability to find work and develop their skills.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

I previously worked in the creative arts as a writer and lecturer in creative writing. My short stories and plays (some award-winning) have been published and produced worldwide. 

External positions

External Examiner, University of Derby


External Examiner, University of Huddersfield


Associate Lecturer, The Open University

Oct 2008 → …


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